Firstly, I hope you have had a great Easter break and got to enjoy the lovely sunshine we have been lucky with! Your children are really growing now, bursting with a desire to learn and help each other which is just wonderful to see. Thank you for your support this year so far.
For the first half half of the summer term our topic is Are We Nearly There yet? Excitingly, we will be going on a school trip at the end of April to the Museum of Army Flying in
Middle Wallop. Please ensure your child's reply slip and money is back quickly- it will be with you in the first few days back at school. Phonics is a major focus this half term to prepare us fir the Phonics Screening. I will be running intervention sessions in the morning and Mrs Radcliffe will be introducing an after school session. If your child is invited to any of these, please try your very best to make sure they attend.
Alongside our Friday PE session, we will also be practicing mindfulness and yoga throughout the week so please ensure your child has a PE kit in school all week. If you are struggling with buying the correct uniform please provide a plain white t-shirt and plain black shorts. More information about the areas of learning we will be covering can be found on the topic map which will go home with your child within the first week back.
Please remember to read with your child as much as possible- a minimum of five times per week. It needs only to be a few pages from their school book, a home book or even from their Bookbug account. Children should also be completing a maths challenge which could be discussing the time to o'clock, counting in 2s,5s or 10s or even just playing a board game using dice. Please briefly record both of these tasks in your reading diary and on your maths cards. Additional homework will be set on a Thursday and will be due in on the following Tuesday at the latest. Spellings will be given on Friday for the following Friday - you could use your cursive handwriting sheets to work on both spellings and handwriting at the same time.
Please feel free to contact me if required. Mornings are quite hectic but I am available most days after school for a quick chat.
Phonics is of great importance in Year 1. We build on the phase 3 and 4 sounds taught in Year R, learning phase 5 and learning to blend with fluency. The children will be able to read both real words and made up words, adding sound buttons to identify the different sounds in the words. I cant recommend watching Mr Thorne Does Phonics on YouTube highly enough and for a fun, interactive website then I would suggest PhonicsPlay.
Mr Thorne- https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLqh11DN6jmbC-OTx1N8jpEo6uCTeTDszR
Please see examples of sound buttons alongside the different phase sounds mats below: